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Zymurgy / Re: What's number 1 on your brewer bucket list?
« on: May 15, 2012, 05:18:36 AM »
Two that were on the list that I would like to do someday.

Go to the GABF.

Go to Yakima at the time of the harvest.

Come out to Hop Union's Hop + Beer school.  You'll get to take in some of the harvest and have a great time.   
I finally made it last year and I'm planning on going again this year.
How does one get enrolled in this?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Second attempt at decoction...
« on: May 13, 2012, 03:57:37 PM »
Once you do a decoction, you go, that wasn't too hard.

Sort of like making your first homebrew.  It is more work, but you are making beer so it may not seem like work.

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Both Weyermann and Durst make Pale Ale malts.  I have never seen the variety mentioned.

Here's what the Weyermann website says
"The Weyermann® Bohemian Pilsner Malt, for example, is produced only from the Hanka barley variety, while the Weyermann® floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner Malt is produced only from Bojos or Tolar. These three varieties have great authenticity value because they are genetic descendants of the mid-19th-century Czech variety Haná, which also known as "Old-Haná Agro-Ecotype.” Haná was the barley in the first Pilsner mash, in 1842, and it has since become the foundation land race for hundreds of top-quality brewing barley varieties cultivated throughout the world today."

They also mention that they now produce an oak smoked wheat malt for making Gratzer!!!

I've used the floor malted pilsner for saisons...sunshine in a glass  :)

F

My comment was on the Weyermann MO malt that was in the conversation as it got sidetracked. If you read the comments I have used the Weyermann Floor Malted Bohemian malt. I have also used the regular Weyerman Bohemian malt.

We even stopped by the Weyermann maltings a month ago, but the "Fannshop" was closed due to an illness. That was disappointing, so we had to find Cafe Abseits to take care of that.  ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:22:59 AM »
When we toured Rogue about 8 to 9 years back, it looked like a big homebrew set up.  That is to be a compliment to John, who was a AHA homebrewer of the year.

Sierra Nevada is a very technical brewery. It is the cleanest brewery I have ever been in. It is the most beautiful brewery I have been in. I think these points are all reflections of Ken Grossman view of what his brewery should be.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:05:28 AM »
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.

So John is not into clicking icons on the display to do the brewing?  :)

Edit - Not that there is anything wrong with that. We did one of our beers at a local Brewpub, and there was no manway on the mash tun.  The wet spent grain from 7 bbls. of a Baltic Porter had to come up and over- good thing it was wide and shallow. They are getting a 14 barrel system soon, with a manway on the mashtun. My friend Bob told the brewer that with that, he had gotten a raise! Those guys work hard, real hard.

Man, I can't imagine having to do that!

I don't know about your Beer Camp, but for us "brewing" involved weighing out the hops and grain and watching Scott and his crew do the work.

BTW, all gravity readings were taken with a hydrometer at the Rogue brew.  John hates refractometers!
You didn't get to dump the hops into the boil kettle?  That and what you said.

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Beer Recipes / Re: anyone have a Cider Recipe?
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:39:13 PM »
you can also make hard cider using store bought apple juice or sweet cider.  be careful though to make sure that there are no preservatives listed anywhere on the label.  then just add yeast and any adjuncts and you can produce a fairly mediocre cider.  it's not terrible, but it's no crispin.

A guy in our club won the BOS in our competition with a cider made with store bought cider juice. He couldn't remember the brand, as he had bought it when a college student in Florida before starting grad school at MSU. It was excellent cider. Who knew you could get good store bought juice in Florida?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 09, 2012, 09:13:52 AM »
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.

So John is not into clicking icons on the display to do the brewing?  :)

Edit - Not that there is anything wrong with that. We did one of our beers at a local Brewpub, and there was no manway on the mash tun.  The wet spent grain from 7 bbls. of a Baltic Porter had to come up and over- good thing it was wide and shallow. They are getting a 14 barrel system soon, with a manway on the mashtun. My friend Bob told the brewer that with that, he had gotten a raise! Those guys work hard, real hard.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun w/ highly carbbed beers...
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:53:20 AM »
I think the line is longer than 6 ft on mine, more like 10 IIRC. Edit - it is 10 Ft.

Is the beer cold and are the bottles cold? It also helps to run beer through the beer gun to get it cold. I pour a pint through the beer gun to to cool it, then drink when done with the bottling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:28:42 AM »
Reading John's T-Shirt, I think he is a Super-Hero! "Call Hopman, we need to add more hops!"

That had to be a fun day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:34:45 PM »
No problem with the lautering?
Where is the braided hose?   :)

I asked John to line up 200 blue coolers for me, but it didn't happen.  ;)
That is funny!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:52:03 PM »
No problem with the lautering?
Where is the braided hose?   :)

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Ingredients / Re: Flavor/Aroma hops - adjust for AA% or no?
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:05:29 AM »
There is a correlation between high AA% and high oil levels, but it's not a causal relationship, and there are definitely examples of high oils and low alphas, and vice versa.
Yes.

For the OP. Smell your hops, look at the data, make a guess on the finished beer.  Brew it agian with adjustments if you need to dial it in.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:53:13 AM »
I am going to rebrew the beers that got passed on to the second round, taste them against the original beer and send the one that tastes better.

Are you saying that you can submit a beer from a different batch in the second round after you've read the comments?
Some styles almost require that you rebrew if you want to medal. German Wheat for example.

Some styles won't be ready if you rebrew, a Barleywine or a Doppelbock are examples.

As pointed out, some could be fine tuned or blended with a little of another beer.  As long as it is all your homebrew and it fits the style category you had in the first round, it is allowed.


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Ingredients / Re: Flavor/Aroma hops - adjust for AA% or no?
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:53:42 AM »
The IBUs from late additions can be high if you put a ton in. You get aroma from dry hopping, not much bitterness.

For flavor and especially aroma, you might look at the essential oil content for the hops.  In your 2 hops listed, Fuggles =0.44 - 0.83% and Columbus =1.5 -2.0%. Citra is alway called intense, well it is at 2.2 - 2.8%, which is pretty high.

I can't tell you what to do, as it is recipe, equipment and process dependent. You can try different amounts for different beers and find out what you like.

http://www.freshops.com/hops/usda-named-hop-variety-descriptions#usda_id_19209
http://www.usahops.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=hop_info&pageID=8

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:41:36 AM »
You guys look right at home, it must be the beards.

Edit - Have fun today. Will look forward to the beer at NHC.

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